Mary “Bumblebee” Pokluda
Mary “Bumblebee” Pokluda is the founder and Queen Bee of Bumblebee Personal Assistants, LLC, which she founded in 2007 to serve the personal assisting needs of households and businesses. The skills Mary honed in her hive stem from ample years in retail management, talent/tour management, and event hospitality services.
Mary and Bumblebee Personal Assistants have been recognized most recently by the US Chamber of Commerce, who awarded Mary a 2013 Small Business Blue Ribbon Award recognizing us as one of 100 small businesses in America honored for growth and success despite a trying economy. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Innovation in Services award from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and 2013 Connector Award (WIN) from Women In Networking (WIN).
As a constant connector and business-to-business “pollinator”, Mary is an active member of many organizations in the Twin Cities. She is a proud member of WIN-MN, a go-to expert for the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce, a member of QUORUM (GLBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce) SPACC (St Paul Area Chamber of Commerce) and a member of Rasmussen College’s School of Business Advisory Board.
When not buzzing about for Bumblebee, Mary supports a number of a charities, including Save-A-Bull Rescue, Pause 4 Paws, School of Rock, AccelerateMN, and her own non-profit that will launch in the months to come. She lives nestled between Minneapolis and St. Paul with her husband, Derek aka The Bee Keeper, and their adopted pit bull, Buzz. The newest members of her hive include 4 real hive of honeybees that produced 85 pounds of honey this past fall.
WE ARE BONDED & INSURED